BJP’s national general secretary Vani Tripathi on Thursday night claimed that six men misbehaved with her and even tried to drag her out of the car following an argument after their SUV hit her Maruti Swift car from behind. She alleged that the six occupants of the Mahindra Scorpio car were in an inebriated state.
She also alleged that the men even assaulted her driver Puran and though the crime took place in public view, on the packed road near Savitiri Cinema, nobody came to help her.
The police, however, said that Tripathi has signed a compromise letter as she did not wish to pursue the matter further. HT has a copy of the letter.
Tripathi rejected the police’s claims and said, “Nobody can ensure the safety of a woman in Delhi, no matter if she is traveling alone or is accompanied by her driver or male friends. People in Delhi have become immune to violence against women. I think we (women) need to carry weapons with us. Keeping pepper spray wouldn’t work.”
Tripathi was reportedly heading to Greater Kailash-I to attend a meeting after dropping her friend at Vasant Vihar when the incident took place around 9.15pm.
She claimed that she was in the rear seat of the car when the SUV rammed her car from behind and its rear left tyre burst. “My driver went to check the damage and, in the meantime, the inebriated SUV driver came near my car and tried to drag me out. My driver pushed him aside and pressed the central locking system of my car. The miscreants could have hurt me had my driver not locked me inside the car,” fumed Tripathi.
However, the SUV driver Ram Pujan Tripathi has pleaded innocence and claimed that he was made to pay a compensation of R15,000 for the damage. Senior police officers also supported his claims though Tripathi denied it.
No case has been registered and police said that neither the errant driver nor his associates, who were labourers, were drunk.